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IL Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Illinois

In August of 2013, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed and enacted into legislation, a proposed medical marijuana measure, that was responsible for establishing an alternative treatment for serious disease causing chronic pain and debilitating conditions. The intended purpose of this Act is to protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians and providers, from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties, and property forfeiture, if the patients engage in the medicinal use of cannabis.

Entitled The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the measure establishes a patient registry program, protects registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers from “arrest, prosecution, or denial of any right or privilege,” and allows for the registration of cultivation centers and medical marijuana dispensing organizations. Once the act goes into effect on January 1st of 2014, “a tax is imposed upon the privilege of cultivating medical cannabis at a rate of seven percent of the sales price per ounce.”

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Illinois

Patients in Illinois diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Illinois Medical Marijuana law, as per the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act:

* Please note: As per the passing of Senate Bill 10, two new medical conditions have been added to the qualifying list of medical conditions:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • patients with a terminal illness and prognosis of fewer than six months to live

How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Illinois

To qualify for Illinois’ Medical Cannabis program:

  1. Patient must be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and also remain a resident during participation in the Medical Cannabis Program.
  2. Patient must be diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
  3. Patient must be at least 18 years of age at time of certification/application.
  4. Obtain a signed certification from a qualified physician where a relationship was established in-person at a physician’s office, hospital or other healthcare facility. (Unless under care at a Veteran Administration (VA) Facility, instead, 12 months of VA records must be submitted with application).
  5. Submit Application and pay associated Application Fees (for Patient and/or Caregiver) for Patient Registry to receive Registry Identification Card.

Illinois Patient Registry Application Fees:

  • $100 – One-Year Registry Card
  • $200 – Two-year Registry Card
  • $250 – Three-Year Registry Card

Application Fees are reduced for persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs with a “Benefit Verification Letter” from the Social Security Administration (Letter must be dated within the last year and must show Patient’s Name, Address & Type of Benefits Received).

  • $50 – One-Year Registry Card
  • $100 – Two-Year Registry Card
  • $125 – Three-Year Registry Card

Veterans who receive health services from Veteran’s Administration (VA) Facilities are not required to obtain a written certification from a physician, but can instead submit 12 months of VA records along with their application.

Application Fees (Designated Caregivers):

  • $25 – One-Year Registry Card
  • $50 – Two-Year Registry Card
  • $75 – Separate Caregiver Application (Previously Registered Patient)

The Illinois Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.


To register with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Patients are required to submit an Application as well as Caregivers.

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Medical Marijuana Access in Illinois

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in Illinois will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Illinois medical marijuana laws, an “adequate supply” is specifically defined as “2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days, derived solely from an intrastate source”. The cultivation of cannabis by Illinois patients and caregivers is NOT permitted.

Illinois legislatures were considering a proposal that would make recreational use of marijuana legal in Illinois. Not only would patients meeting medical marijuana qualifications in Illinois be able to legally possess up to an ounce of weed, but any adults 21 years of age and older would as well. Advocates estimate that legalizing pot could bring up to $700 million annually in new revenues. is your source for information on medical marijuana qualifications, whether you want to learn about obtaining a medical cannabis card in Illinois or anything else. Check back often for updates regarding the legalization push as well as other cannabis-related news.

Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO